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RVM in offline mode

This is only rough description of the process, not all the steps need to work right away, feel free to propose fixes here: rvm offline source.

Installing RVM offline

  1. Choose the version of RVM you wish to deploy from:
  2. Download the rvm tarball: curl -L -o rvm-stable.tar.gz
  3. Unpack it: tar --strip-components=1 -xzf rvm-stable.tar.gz
  4. Install rvm: ./install --auto-dotfiles
    • use --help to get the options
    • sudo may be required depending on the type of install
  5. Load rvm: source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm
    • if --path was specified when instaling rvm, use the specified path rather than '~/.rvm'

Download Ruby, rubygems and yaml

  1. Download ruby
    • Find version at:
    • Download with curl: : curl -L -o ruby-1.9.3-p392.tar.bz2
    • Must use ruby source archive with .tar.bz2 extension!
  2. Download rubygems
  3. Download yaml (required by rvm)
    • Download from with curl: curl -L -o
  4. Save these packages for offline use by storing them in the rvm archive folder $rvm_path/archives/ by default
    • An alternate archive folder can be specified in the .rvmrc file
    • sample usage: echo rvm_archives_path=/path/to/tarballs/ >> ~/.rvmrc

Installing Ruby

  1. Copy ruby, rubygems and yaml to $rvm_path/archives/
  2. Set rubygems version: echo rubygems_version=1.8.25 >> $rvm_path/user/db
  3. Clean default gems: echo "" > ~/.rvm/gemsets/default.gems
  4. Clean global gems: echo "" > ~/.rvm/gemsets/global.gems
  5. Install Ruby: rvm install 1.9.3-p392 --disable-binary (this may require sudo)

Installing gems

There are multiple ways to install gems, you could download the gem files, but the best way seems to be Bundler:

Example installing rails gem:


  1. Create a (fake) project directory: mkdir gems; cd gems
  2. Install bundler: gem install bundler
  3. Create Gemfile: bundle init
  4. Add rails to it: echo "gem 'rails'" >> Gemfile
  5. Install all gems: bundle install
  6. Get gem files: bundle package
  7. Package project: tar czf gems.tgz .
  8. Download bundler from the Download link


  1. Create a (fake) project directory: mkdir gems; cd gems
  2. Unpack gems: tar xzf gems.tgz
  3. Install bundler: gem install bundler-1.2.1.gem
  4. Install gems: bundle install --local
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